June 25, 2017

Muntok mempunyai andil di dalam narasi politik republik ini. Kota kecil di hujung Pulau Bangka yang didominasi oleh etnis Tionghoa (Hakka) ini menjadi tempat pengasingan Soekarno di dalam periode perjuangan kemerdekaan. Satu tahun lamanya Soekarno berada di tempat ini. Waktu
on June 25, 2017 02:56 AM tagged with Kab Bangka Barat
 If you ask investors in Silicon Valley about Houzz — an app where you browse ridiculously nice homes and check out interesting interior design ideas — they’ll probably quietly mutter that they’re just growing their business. We really don’t hear about Houzz’s business that often. Except now the company says it has raised $400 million led by Iconiq Capital,… Read More
on June 25, 2017 12:24 AM tagged with Houzz

June 24, 2017

No crime goes unpunished, and so it is that the Dark Overlord — a hacker group responsible for leaking the most recent season of “Orange Is the New Black” online — has had its Twitter account suspended. It’s a bold move from the social-media site, and the message is clear: Harassing people in 140 characters or fewer probably won’t have any consequences, but messing with Netflix certainly will.

READ MORE: Rob Schneider Blocking Seth Rogen on Twitter Is Pretty Funny, but Not as Funny as These Responses to the Drama

Or maybe not. Variety reports that the suspension likely had to do with the group’s decision to leak the contact information of several clients of a healthcare provider based in Beverly Hills. After coming across season five of “OItNB,” the Dark Overlord attempted to blackmail the post-production company they obtained the illicit episodes from — and, according to Variety, ending up releasing them despite receiving the $5,000 in question.

READ MORE: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 5 Leaked Online by Hackers

Season five of “Orange Is the New Black” made it to Netflix the old-fashioned way last week. No word on how many watched the leaked episodes in advance.

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on June 24, 2017 11:00 PM tagged with Twitter
 Over the past few months, CSAIL’s (MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) self-driving wheelchair has become a familiar sight around the MIT halls. It’s a nice little rolling advertisement for the lab’s work — and more importantly, it’s a great opportunity to test the mobility device in a real world setting. As students wander by in groups,… Read More
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We’re down to our last 13 episodes of “Game of Thrones,” which means that even the characters with the thickest plot armor — Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, Daenerys Targaryen — may soon be on the chopping block. To remind us of the impending void, Sung by Movies has released a new video featuring “GoT” characters (many of them deceased, natch) singing along to Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.”

READ MORE: ‘Game of Thrones’: 7 Things You May Have Missed From the New Season 7 Trailer

Well, sort of — the Sung by Movies folks actually combed through the series and spliced bits and pieces of dialogue together, setting it to the music so that the likes of Ramsay Bolton, Brienne of Tarth, Littlefinger and others collectively “sing” the famous tune. It may be the best jokey rendition of the song since a pug sang it in “Men in Black,” a sentiment echoed by Joffrey at the end of the video: “Very amusing. Isn’t it a funny song?”

READ MORE: ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Twin Peaks’: Here’s Why Your Favorite Quirky Characters Wear Eyepatches

We won’t actually know who will survive and what will be left of them until July 16, when “Game of Thrones” returns for its seven-episode penultimate season. After that, it will conclude with a six-episode eighth season.

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on June 24, 2017 10:01 PM tagged with Game of Thrones

It seems DeMario Jackson is trying to leave his recent Bachelor in Paradise scandal in the past.

The 30-year-old reality TV star, who was just cleared of sexual assault allegations, was spotted partying in Los Angeles by TMZ on Friday, June 23.

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He was with a group of women heading for Avenue while wearing a shirt that read, “I have no tits,” according to footage from TMZ. He remained quiet during his walk to the club as the cameraman questioned how he was doing.

Warner Bros. concluded its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct between Jackson and Corinne Olympios during filming of Bachelor in Paradise just this week. Reportedly, no evidence was discovered and production will continue.

Split of Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson from The Bachlor

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Many questioned if Jackson and Olympios will return to BIP now that the investigation has concluded. According to some, however, there are still answers to uncover.

Olympios' lawyer, Martin Singer, responded to the show's return by saying to ET,

It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal investigation, would state that no wrongdoing had occurred. Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard.

He also claimed the show was not temporarily shut down due to sole remarks from Olympios.

Corinne Olympios on The Bachelor

ABC

As the allegations unfolded, Jackson lost his job and released a statement to E! saying,

It's unfortunate that my character and family name has been assassinated this past week with false claims and malicious allegations.

I will be taking swift and appropriate legal action until my name is cleared.

Olympios had a different take on the events and said in a statement to TMZ,

I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4. Although I have little memory of that night, something bad obviously took place, which I understand is why production on the show has now been suspended and a producer on the show has filed a complaint against the production.

Time will tell how things with Jackson and Olympios — and the new BIP season — unfold.

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DeMario Jackson Spotted Partying After Being Cleared Of Sexual Assault Allegations

on June 24, 2017 09:10 PM tagged with the bachelorette
 In the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and the resignation of Binary Capital co-founder Justin Caldbeck, the firm has delayed closing its second fund, Axios reports. Caldbeck issued a statement saying he would take an indefinite leave of absence after multiple women in the tech industry alleged they faced unwanted and inappropriate advances from him. The Information first reported… Read More
on June 24, 2017 08:09 PM tagged with Binary Capital

You’ve probably seen “Jaws” before, but have you ever seen it while floating in a lake? Alamo Drafthouse is once again offering seaworthy viewers the chance to do just that this summer, with several screenings in Austin’s Lake Travis throughout the end of June and all of July. People are so excited about (and scared of) the event that Twitter even devoted one of those newfangled Moments to it.

READ MORE: Alamo Drafthouse Officially Coming to Los Angeles in 2018

Also part of the “Jaws on the Water” dive-in screenings: “Jaws 2,” albeit for one night only; “Jaws 3,” likewise as a one-off; and even “Jaws: The Revenge.” There’s swag as well, because of course there is, including a shark tube and a “Jaws” glass from Mondo featuring artwork by one Kevin Tong. We’re gonna need a bigger gift shop.

READ MORE: The ‘Women-Only’ Screenings of ‘Wonder Woman’ Were Empowering (And Inclusive)

If you’re in Austin, please go and report back; if you’re not, consider making the trip.

 

 

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on June 24, 2017 07:54 PM tagged with Jaws

On the heels of a seemingly awkward encounter with Marco Rubio and a push for new job-training programs, White House aide Ivanka Trump will have to testify in a dispute with an Italian shoemaker, according to the Associated Press.

Aquazzura Italia SRL issued a trademark infringement lawsuit against Donald Trump’s daughter and her company, IT Collection LLC, last year. The Italian brand claims Ivanka's Hettie shoe is “virtually identical” to its Wild Thing shoe.

Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, is seen on stage of the W20 conference on April 25, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The conference, part of a series of events in connection with Germany's leadership of the G20 group of nations this year, focuses on women's empowerment, especially through entrepreneurship and the digital economy.

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According to AP and ABC News, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest rejected a request from Ivanka's lawyers that she be blocked from submitting to a deposition. It is set to take place in October on a “mutually acceptable schedule.” Given her role in her father's administration, Ivanka's deposition will not last more than two hours and will take place in Washington if need be, the sources state.

ABC News reports that Ivanka filed a declaration in court last week that claims she is the former president of IT Collection LLC after taking on a role in the White House. Responsibilities now fall under the company's licensee, Marc Fisher, who was also sued.

Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, attends the W20 conference on April 25, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The conference, part of a series of events in connection with Germany's leadership of the G20 group of nations this year, focuses on women's empowerment, especially through entrepreneurship and the digital economy.

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Sources claim that Ivanka reportedly said, “My involvement was strictly limited to the final sign-off of each season's line after it was first reviewed and approved by the company's design team.”

Aquazzura Italia believes that Ivanka's shoe is similar in style and design to its Wild Thing heel.

ivanka trump black shoe hettie shoe on amazon

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This isn't the first time Ivanka has come under fire from the Italian shoemaker, who also claimed her company once stopped selling a shoe after it complained about similarities.

Aquazzura Italia's wild thing shoe in gold on amazon

Amazon

Shoe dispute aside, this weekend all eyes are on Ivanka and her father as Americans wait for them to acknowledge Pride Month; the New York City march will take place on Sunday, June 25.

As far as Ivanka's clash with Aquazzura Italia, the lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, according to AP.

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Ivanka Trump To Testify Over “Virtually Identical” Shoe Design Allegation

on June 24, 2017 07:48 PM tagged with Ivanka Trump

If you find your allergies are getting worse while you’re at a bar with friends, the issue might be what you’re drinking.

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on June 24, 2017 07:13 PM tagged with booze

Following the sad news that Peter Sallis has taken his last grand day out, the folks behind “Wallace and Gromit” have paid tribute to the departed actor. Sallis voiced the human half of the duo from its inception until 2010, including four short films (“A Grand Day Out,” “The Wrong Trousers,” “A Close Shave” and “A Matter of Loaf and Death”) and the feature film “Curse of the Were-Rabbit”; his gentle voice is one of the beloved stop-motion series’ most distinctive traits. Watch the video below.

READ MORE: Peter Sallis, Voice of Wallace in ‘Wallace and Gromit’ Series, Dead at 96

“At the time when I did it, I didn’t think this is going to make cinema history” he says as clips of the cheese-loving Wallace play. “But six years later in 1989, when the phone went and he said, ‘I finished it,’ I thought, ‘Oh, it’s only taken him six years.”

READ MORE: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Makes Even Less Sense if You’ve Never Seen a ‘Transformers’ Movie Before

Sallis was fondly remembered by Aardman co-founder Peter Lord as “a great, generous actor and a true gentleman,” while BBC’s Tony Hall called him “a marvelous actor. Who could forget that remarkable voice? Peter will be greatly missed by his many fans. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.” Spare a thought for Gromit especially, won’t you?

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on June 24, 2017 07:00 PM tagged with Wallace and Gromit

In Ana Lily Amirpour’s “The Bad Batch,” Keanu Reeves plays The Dream, the slick ruler of a post-apocalyptic encampment called Comfort, where social rejects party late into the night. He’s one of a few key characters in a dramatic story that finds Arlen (Suki Waterhouse) escaping an encampment of cannibals led by Miami Man (Jason Momoa) before she falls in love with him. With a bit part for Jim Carrey as a mute desert hermit and violent confrontations that leave you wondering who the real hero is, the movie offers a lot of entry points for discussion. That was evident on its opening night at New York’s IFC Center, when Reeves made a surprise appearance for the Q&A and found himself in the unexpected position of pitching the movie.

The actor has been largely absent from the campaign trail for the movie. He didn’t attend the Venice International Film Festival premiere last fall and, until sitting through the movie on Friday, hadn’t seen the final cut. After he joined Amirpour onstage, he was asked how he might pitch the movie to someone in an effort to get them to see it.

At first, the actor seemed taken aback. “It depends on who you’re talking to,” he said. “There’s a lot of different ways to reflect on this work. God, I gotta pitch ‘The Bad Batch’?” Then he slowly found his way through it. “I would say that it looks great, sounds great, there’s a really great story,” he said. “It’s a challenging film, an immersive film, it’s entertaining, it’s thought-provoking, it’s seductive, it’s persuasive. The music fucking kicks ass. The acting is amazing. Suki Waterhouse is a fucking miracle. Jason Momoa is killing it. Jim Carrey — are you kidding me?”

The crowd applauded as Reeves gained momentum.

“The Bad Batch”

“The performances, the symbolism!” he continued. “How deep do you wanna go? I mean, you could just start with the pictures and keep going. It’s about constructs, communities and tribes, morals, ethics, confrontation of self. Romance. Is this an Adam and Eve story?”

Reeves said that he had been a fan of Amirpour’s first feature, “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” and was pleasantly surprised to find that she had written the character of The Dream with him in mind. “I had your poster on my wall, FYI,” Amirpour told the actor as the audience laughed. She said the two of them looked to the Hugh Hefner documentary “American Playboy” as a template for the character.

“The collaborating was, ‘What is this person? Let’s [have him] wear white, like Hugh Hefner, psychedelic, he had these glasses, then we found this great building for his place,” Reeves said. “It was like, this place needs more water, ice cubes. She was like, ‘Yeah, let’s get more ice cubes.’” Amirpour added that Reeves suggested the character should be growing tomatoes and basil. “Yeah, he had vegetables and fruit,” Reeves said. “I’m nurturing.”

As Amirpour reflected on the themes of the worlds she’d created, Reeves took charge of the discussion. “What about the cannibals, the people eating people?” he asked. “You created this dystopian world. Where did this come from?”

“I feel like we people are tearing each other to pieces,” she replied. “That’s how I see it, when I look outside.”

He wanted more. “Wait, so you wanted to write a script? You had a story?”

“Yeah,” she said. “I wanted to kind of take a look at our moral fiber. I think any single one of us can go toward good actions or bad actions, being hostile to one another, nice towards each other. Our environment puts us in certain situations, and I’m curious what we’re capable of on either end of the spectrum.”

For Reeves, the themes were “a kind of moral, ethical, almost Eastern-Chinese thing — like, if I give you a horse, but then that’s the one that kills your son. It’s the kind of rolling morals and ethics that we start seeing when we’re trying to survive.”

“The Bad Batch” is now playing in New York and Los Angeles. It is also available on VOD. 

on June 24, 2017 07:00 PM tagged with The Bad Batch

You’ve no doubt heard a lot about Shakespeare in the Park’s production of “Julius Caesar,” but lost amid the canceled sponsorships and phony outrage is the fact that Corey Stoll of “House of Cards” and “Ant-Man” was playing Brutus. As the man who actually betrays the Donald Trump–like Caesar, Stoll is in a unique position to comment on the controversy.

He’s done just that in an insightful essay for Vulture, going out of his way to underscore something that anyone who’s actually read “Julius Caesar” already knows: “The play makes it clear that Caesar’s murder, which occurs midway through the play, is ruinous for Brutus and his co-conspirators, and for democracy itself.”

READ MORE: ‘Julius Caesar’ Isn’t Enough: Why Tasteless Art Will Never Defeat Donald Trump

“A nontrivial percentage of our liberal audience had fantasized about undemocratic regime change in Washington,” he explains. “Acted out to its logical conclusion, that fantasy was hideous, shameful, and self-defeating.” It’s almost like that’s the entire point of the play, not that everyone making their way to the fainting couch would ever admit it.

Stoll says he “exhaled and sobbed” after the final performance, which was interrupted by hecklers. His closing thoughts are especially poignant and deserve to be read in full:

READ MORE: Stephen Colbert May Be Joking on Russian TV That He’s Running for President, But He Should Seriously Consider It

“In this new world where art is willfully misinterpreted to score points and to distract, simply doing the work of an artist has become a political act. I’m thankful for all the beautiful defenses of our production written in the last few weeks. But the cliché is true: In politics, when you’re explaining, you’re losing. So if you’re making art, by all means question yourself and allow yourself to be influenced by critics of good faith. But don’t allow yourself to be gaslighted or sucked into a bad-faith argument. A play is not a tweet. It can’t be compressed and embedded and it definitely can’t be delivered apologetically. The very act of saying anything more nuanced than ‘us good, them bad’ is under attack, and I’m proud to stand with artists who do. May we continue to stand behind our work, and, when interrupted, pick it right back up from ‘liberty and freedom.'”

Read the rest of his piece here, and then consider reading “Julius Caesar.”

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on June 24, 2017 07:00 PM tagged with Julius Caesar

A wealth of possibilities breeds dread, but that doesn’t stop us from endlessly browsing Netflix in search of something new to watch. The streaming giant is now making that both easier and more difficult with the introduction of interactive movies and shows that essentially function as choose-your-own-adventure stories, like the just-released “Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale.”

READ MORE: ‘The Incredible Jessica James’ Trailer: Jessica Williams Dances Her Way Through Netflix’s Rom-Com — Watch

The story will include such life-or-death decisions as “should these bears be friends or foes?” and be geared toward kids. Netflix’s announcement of the new concept says that it’s in keeping with the company’s goal of bringing “something completely new to Netflix that pushes the boundaries of storytelling and the way you engage with it”; should this go well, one hopes movies and shows not meant for kiddos will make their way to the streaming service as well.

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Also coming to Netflix are “Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile” (July 14) and “Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout” (2018). Until then, we’ll just have to decide whether or not to befriend those bears.

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on June 24, 2017 06:54 PM tagged with Puss In Boots
 Having a variety of prime, telephoto, macro, sport and the like, all with distinctive shooting characteristics is what give lenses their charm. However, Sony just took Nikon’s spot as number two in the full-frame camera industry — Canon holds pole position. Currently, only 24 full-frame E-mount lenses exist compared to the dozens that Canon has in each category. Still,… Read More
on June 24, 2017 06:46 PM tagged with cameras
 Tumblr this week introduced a “safe mode” for its service, which combines the company’s previously available “safe search” functionality with a new filter that would hide “sensitive” content from the site’s main Dashboard, using an overlay. However, Tumblr quickly came under fire for hiding “sensitive” content that was anything but… Read More
on June 24, 2017 06:00 PM tagged with censorship

The list of people who aren’t happy with “All Eyez on Me” continues to grow. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a journalist by the name of Kevin Powell is going even further than Jada Pinkett Smith and 50 Cent, as he’s actually filed a copyright lawsuit alleging that the Tupac Shakur biopic lifted “fictional characters and re-worked narratives” from a series of Vibe interviews he conducted with the slain rapper.

READ MORE: MC Hammer Defends ‘All Eyez on Me’ as an ‘Excellent Portrayal of My Loved One’

“While some of the content in these articles was factual,” reads the filing, “some portions of the article were changed or embellished by Plaintiff.” That’s crucial to Powell’s case, because if “All Eyez on Me” did in fact use his interviews — especially the parts that deviate from fact — then it essentially adapted his work without crediting him.

The complaint goes on to state that “[t]here are stories with fictional characters and re-worked narratives that are unique to the Original Work that appear in the Infringing Work,” specifically a character named Nigel who didn’t actually exist but appears in the film.

READ MORE: Jada Pinkett Smith Criticizes ‘All Eyez on Me,’ Calling the Biopic’s Inaccuracies ‘Deeply Hurtful’

Making plans for Nigel is always risky business, doubly so in biopics. The move is somewhat risky for Powell, as it requires him to admit that he embellished details in his interviews. THR has more details on the lawsuit here.

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on June 24, 2017 06:00 PM tagged with Tupac Shakur

Unsurprisingly, Wonder Woman is killing it at the box office and we're all loving Diana of Themyscira's success.

Not only is this the first-ever female-directed superhero film, but it marks the largest opening weekend ever for a female director.

After waiting 76 years for Wonder Woman to hit the big screen — to bring a female hero to life — this is some serious girl power that we can all get behind.

The film also reached another box office milestone this week that speaks to our action-film-loving hearts.

Director Patty Jenkins' flick reached the $600 million mark, according  to Entertainment Weekly, and it is on track to pass Phyllida Lloyd's Mamma Mia! —  which reached $609.8 million — to become the highest-grossing live-action film directed by a woman.

wonder woman gal gadot 2017 film throwing a tank poster

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That's certainly cause for celebration, and the best way to commemorate this moment is probably to see the film again (not that you needed any convincing for a second screening).

To add to the excitement, if this streak continues, Wonder Woman will also surpass Jennifer Yuh Nelson's Kung Fu Panda 2, which earned $665.7 million worldwide, and therefore become the highest-grossing film solely directed by a woman.

Wonder Woman's DC colleague Superman earned a domestic total of $291 million with Man of Steel, which means Jenkins' film earned Man of Steel's entire earnings within a month.

Though these are tremendous accomplishments, there are still areas for improvement within Hollywood. Reportedly, Gal Gadot — Wonder Woman herself — only made $300,000 for her part in the film, according to a report from The Daily Dot, which was a surprisingly low salary for the role.

It's kind of shocking that her male superhero counterparts, like Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man, made a whopping $50 million for the role. (No that's not a typo on my part.) Scarlett Johansson is the only lady to rake in the millions, earning $20 million for her part in Avengers: Age of Ultron. 

Keep slaying, Wonder Woman. If there's anyone who can set the tone for equal earnings, fight back when sexist comments arise, and continue to shatter box office records and glass ceilings, it's you.

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‘Wonder Woman' Breaks Another Box Office Record And We're Totally Here For It

on June 24, 2017 05:51 PM tagged with Film

The recent rapid increase in the price of cryptocurrencies has resulted in many experts calling it a bubble and advising caution while investing.

The recent rapid increase in the price of cryptocurrencies has resulted in many experts calling it a bubble and advising caution while investing. Aberdeen Asset Management is the latest to do so, arguing that like all bubbles, the virtual currency bubble will eventually burst too.

Bubble-like Characteristics

The growth in the valuation of cryptocurrencies in 2017 has been unprecedented. Bitcoin price has more than tripled in value, going from $900 in Jan 2017, to over $2,700 as of now.

This pales in comparison to Ethereum’s gains. Ether price has risen from ~$8 in January 2017, to $350 currently, a gain of over 4000 percent. Other cryptocurrencies too have risen multifold in value, leading to natural apprehensions of a cryptocurrency bubble.

Gold Rush Mindset

Aberdeen believes that we are currently in the midst of a cryptocurrency bubble and its bursting is inevitable. Speaking to Bloomberg, Peter Denious, head of global venture capital at Aberdeen Asset Management Plc, said:

“Prices right now aren’t being driven by network usage, they’re being driven by speculation that tokens are going to appreciate. It’s a gold-rush mentality.”

The proliferation of ICOs and the rapid increase in the price of tokens upon listing is one of the indicators of a bubble. Companies in the Blockchain space seem to have no difficulties in raising money quickly through ICOs, even if they do not have a proven or unique idea behind their token.

Other Assets at Record Levels

While the returns on cryptocurrencies in 2017 is unparalleled, other asset classes have risen too. Equity indices like Nasdaq and S&P 500 are at record levels, in spite of the uncertainty in global markets. Housing prices have largely recovered from the previous burst.

One reason for the increase in prices is the ample liquidity in global markets, caused by quantitative easing by various central banks.

While the cryptocurrency bubble may burst, it might not be the only one to do so. Past global crises have shown that the effect of a real estate or widespread equity bust can have long-lasting effects on the economy.

on June 24, 2017 05:32 PM tagged with Ethereum Price
 Nicholas Shekerdemian has a pretty typical startup story: he dropped out of college, met up with a technical co-founder and then ended up starting a company. But Shekerdemian, who at the time was helping match English teachers with Chinese citizens, wanted to start a company that would solve his own problem: actually getting a job at a cookie cutter company where everyone else applies. So… Read More
on June 24, 2017 05:30 PM tagged with Y Combinator
 Blue Apron will be going public in short order, kicking off the second big major consumer IPO of 2017. It’s nowhere near as big as Snap, but the company at the top end of its IPO pricing will be valued at around $3.2 billion as it looks to raise nearly $600 million. The company’s IPO comes at an interesting time as we approach the midpoint for 2017, which has seen a big wave of… Read More
on June 24, 2017 05:01 PM tagged with Blue Apron
 If our civilization collapses and archaeologists return centuries later to excavate our ruins, what will they make of our storage facilities? Will they see these compact cubicles stuffed with old furniture and memorabilia as a testament to our prosperity? Or will they see in our compulsion to store a penchant for procrastination and hoarding? Read More
on June 24, 2017 05:01 PM tagged with Trove

STOP WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW.

Speculations over a Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber duet have once again emerged, and it seems like it is the real deal this time.

Ladies and gents, this is not a drill. We never kid when it comes to a Jelena love song.

Justin Beiber and Selena Gomez back in the day on the red carpet

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We have been gifted with a track titled “Can't Steal Our Love” (though it turns out, The Weeknd certainly can) and it chronicles Selena and Justin's rocky young relationship.

The song, which leaked on Soundcloud, is reportedly from 2013 or 2014, when things were really tumultuous between the two. Have a listen to the alleged duet below and reminisce about the old days if you so choose.

Get a load of those lyrics. Selena sings in one of the verses:

I can't seem to choose what to do

There's nothing I can say

I'm tired of the fight 'cause I'm never right

I just wanna cry, no

Sentiments pick up with:

And just when I feel I've fallen down

You pick me up right off the ground

They can't keep between us two right now

This is pretty deep for a couple in their early 20s.

Now Selena and The Weeknd are the ones going strong. Just recently, the rapper took to Instagram to share a picture of his “precious little diamond” for the world to see, and obviously he gets an “A” for boyfriend goals.

Side note: That looks like quite the pocketbook, Selena. Now that's another “precious little diamond.”

Meanwhile, we are anxiously awaiting for the Biebs to release a new album. The Purpose tour will be wrapping up in September, so this fella better give his fans something to look forward to or they're going to lose it. Patience is a virtue that so little of us have.

Things might have changed since “Can't Steal Our Love,” but we're still here for whatever happens next.

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on June 24, 2017 04:37 PM tagged with Selena Gomez
 Earlier this week, GDAX, the digital currency exchange run by Coinbase, experienced a flash crash in its USD – Ethereum market. Within seconds the price of ETH crashed from ~$320 to as low as $0.10. While the price recovered quickly, the rapid price movement caused many traders to experience margin calls or stop loss orders, resulting in potentially severe losses. While many… Read More
on June 24, 2017 04:32 PM tagged with flash crash

People have speculated about Banksy’s true identity since before the semi-anonymous street artist ever exited through the gift shop. The rumors have reignited once again following an interview with musician, DJ and producer Goldie, who may have just let the cat out of the bag in a new interview.

READ MORE: Trent Reznor, Massive Attack, Flea and More Record Music for Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel

“Give me a bubble letter and put it on a T-shirt and write ‘Banksy’ on it, and we’re sorted,” he said. “We can sell it now. No disrespect to Robert, I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.”

The Robert in question is speculated to be one Robert Del Naja, an artist and musician best known as one of the founding members of Massive Attack; others point to Robin Gunningham as a potential candidate.

READ MORE: Exclusive: Watch Cult King Frank Henenlotter Get Weird(er) in Kooky ‘Chasing Banksy’ Trailer

A fair amount of circumstantial evidence backs up the theory that Del Naja is indeed Banksy, including the fact that the two know one another and the artist’s much-publicized works have a habit of showing up near Massive Attack concerts. Del Naja is on the record in denying this, however, calling it, “a good story but sadly not true….Wishful thinking, I think. He is a mate as well. He’s been to some of the gigs. It’s purely a matter of logistics and coincidence, nothing more than that.”

Just as likely, of course, is that this was intentional misdirection. You never know with Banksy, which is part of the fun.

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on June 24, 2017 04:31 PM tagged with Robert Del Naja
Relevnt Florida startup Relevnt is experimenting with a new approach to online publishing. Founder and CEO Winder Hughes said that it’s become unrealistic to expect readers to download an app for every publication that they follow, or even to type a bunch of URLs into their mobile browser. At the same time, when publishers rely on big platforms like Facebook and Google for… Read More
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Blockchain technology has the potential to disrupt and overcome all technological boundaries.

Blockchain technology has the potential to disrupt and overcome all technological boundaries. Its inherent characteristics have made it much desired within several industries where data management is of utmost importance.

Fundamental aspects of the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies and assets are causing people to re-imagine and then enact new ways of creating and exchanging value online. Almost every industry is experiencing some form of disruption in terms of how data is managed.

Some of the qualities of the Blockchain that has endeared it to most technological processes include:

Immutability

Information stored on the Blockchain cannot be changed. Therefore, the need for trust or extra verification of authenticity of data stored on the Blockchain is totally eliminated.

Security

The Blockchain is not a centralized system. In essence, information stored on the Blockchain is preserved and protected by all the participating computers across the globe.

Therefore, in order to hack the system, a hacker must break through a majority of the participating computers simultaneously. This is a practically impossible task.

Decentralized control

The Blockchain offers individuals the ability to be able to control their own resources (both tangible and intangible). Since there is no central point of control, every participant on the Blockchain retains power and control over their data.

The peer-to-peer nature of transactions enables parties to transact directly with each other on their own terms. This eliminates middlemen or intermediaries from interfering.

Capacity and speed

Having numerous computers contributing to the network offers more power and storage space on the Blockchain when compared to centralized servers. This enables improved efficiency of processes during transactions and data management.

So many industries are presently experiencing significant changes as Blockchain solutions are continually being introduced to enhance more efficient functions. Some of these industries include:

Voting

Christopher Franko, CEO of Borderless Corporation, tells Cointelegraph that voting is one of the very few use cases that could really benefit from immutable record keeping, and aside from currency and value transactions.

Franko says:

“Globally, there is a huge demand for transparent and honest elections. People are tired of having their politicians selected from them rather than elected. At Borderless Corp, we designed VoteLock as the first immutable and transparent voting booth for open democracies. We believe every vote matters because you matter.”

Franko names such benefits of using Blockchain for storing votes to include:

• Increased accessibility and participation;
• Prevent voter fraud with public accountability;
• Voters rights can be managed instantly and globally;
• Elections are secured electronically with cryptography; and

• Votes are tallied on the fly so recounts are a thing of the past.

Real Estate

According to the CSO of Bitland, Larry Christopher Bates, Blockchain is disrupting the real estate industry, which has remained largely unchanged for the last century. Blockchain is reducing overhead, making transactions quicker, making the job of notarization much easier and increasing the efficiency of real estate transactions.

Bates tells Cointelegraph:

“As the real estate bubble has shown, keeping track of the proper value of land as it is sold is extremely crucial to establishing a market that is resistant to bubbles. When the bids and transactions are made public, there is much less room for prices to become hyper-inflated.”

He also notes that the application of Blockchain in real estate makes it much more difficult for people to use their land to hide money or launder it through buying and selling properties via a proxy seller.

“Overall, Blockchain is making real estate industry more transparent and resistant to another crisis,” Bates concludes.

Attention economy

Content creation and distribution equity have remained under the control of centralized servers managed by corporations like Google. Blockchain startup Synereo has developed WildSpark, a meta-layer for equitable, decentralized content creation and distribution platform.

The co-founder of Synereo, Anderson Mccutcheon, says:

“This addresses the fact that content and its creators are bound by the monetization methods and strict guidelines mandated by a few large mega-corporations.”

Blockchain offers a decentralized environment where creators, curators and content propagators are directly compensated for their participation at various levels.

Remittance

CEO of Netcoins, Michael Vogel, explains how remittance is one of the primary industries being disrupted by Blockchain.

Vogel explains that Western Union, the dominant player in remittance, charges over 10 percent in some cases while Bitcoin-based remittance (even just using Bitcoin behind the scenes, and converting between Bitcoin to fiat currencies) enables the same service to be performed at an ultra-low cost.

He also notes that the use of Blockchain would allow traditional financial institutions, such as banks, to offer remittance services.

Vogel says:

“Traditionally, remittance has offered little in terms of cost/benefit for banks, which is why Western Union tends to receive the bulk of the remittance traffic. Blockchain completely reinvents this business model, and given that $500 bln is remitted annually, it is the first sector in which Blockchain will have a tangible effect on improving the daily lives of people.”

Recruitment and HR

Employers are faced with the challenge of the authenticity of qualifications posted online by applicants when trying to recruit workers.

The immutability of data stored on the Blockchain prevents any form of alteration by applicants seeking employment.

This is an aspect of the Blockchain explored by recruitment companies in matching students seeking part-time jobs with available opportunities in their areas of specialization.

Dror Medalion, the CEO of BitJob, a recruitment company that connects students with part-time jobs, explains:

“Decentralized peer-to-peer (P2P) marketplaces will revolutionize the way students make a living and gain occupational experience while still studying, letting students specialize in jobs relevant to their chosen professions and make a decent living throughout their school career.”

Several other industries are also experiencing Blockchain disruption. They include healthcare, insurance, education, telecommunications, entertainment, among others.

Just like the Internet, it may only be a matter of time before Blockchain encroaches into every part of human existence.

on June 24, 2017 04:16 PM tagged with BitLand

Sofia Coppola is the promotional circuit with “The Beguiled” (June 23, Focus Features). So is her 81-year-old mother, Eleanor, who wrote and directed her first narrative feature, the romantic road movie “Paris Can Wait;” Sony Pictures Classics is releasing it around the country to strong reviews and box office. Mother and daughter will meet, with their films, at this week’s Munich International Film Festival, where they’ll be joined by the man who began the family film dynasty, Francis Ford Coppola.

Sofia and her older brother, director and screenwriter Roman Coppola, also own San Francisco production company American Zoetrope, which their father launched in 1979; Roman runs it day to day. “They seek each other’s help when it’s needed,” said long-time family producer and casting guru Fred Roos.

Roos has been Francis Ford’s producer and casting director since “The Godfather.” And from the beginning of Sofia’s career, Roos has been at her side, along with her brother, Wes Anderson collaborator and commercial director Roman, who is an executive producer and director on Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle.” They helped Sofia finish her script and get financing for her debut “The Virgin Suicides,” and continued to support her on all her films from “Lost in Translation” and “Marie Antoinette,” where Roman directed second unit, through TV movie “A Very Merry Christmas,” where he helped plan the multi-camera shoot, and was a producer on “The Beguiled.”

Alec Baldwin and Diane Lane play a married couple in “Paris Can Wait.”

“Paris Can Wait”

Roos also executive produced Bay Area artist and memoirist Eleanor Coppola’s Emmy-winning 1991 debut film “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse,” which she shot on location in the Philippines on the set of “Apocalypse Now.”

Now, 26 years later, he and Roman executive produced Eleanor’s first narrative film, at age 81, “Paris Can Wait.” “It was a four-year journey to get the draft where she wanted it,” said Roos, “to get actors attached and try to get the money. The idea of a first-time director at age 80, people couldn’t get their heads around that.”

Coppola would write the script off and on when she had time between her duties on the Coppola Vineyard and shepherding her husband on his global travels. That’s when she’d find time to write, uninterrupted, in a hotel room. She had never written a screenplay before. “I was shocked to find myself writing a script,”   she said.

writer/director Eleanor Coppola

Writer/director Eleanor Coppola

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Roos made the connection to A&E’s Molly Thompson, who provided the initial financing that led to Lifetime, UK’s Protagonist, and other investors. Sony Pictures Classics bought the film out of Toronto, and Roos provided his usual casting assistance. At one point, Coppola’s nephew Nicolas Cage was going to play the Alec Baldwin role of the busy middle-aged filmmaker who goes on a business strip, leaving his wife (Diane Lane) to drive through the countryside with a French associate (Arnaud Viard), as they enjoy the pleasures of French wine and cuisine and carefree conversation. When another French actor fell out two months before shooting, Eleanor found TV charmer Viard to replace him.

When it came time to shoot “Paris Can Wait,” however, Roos was on location in Poland and Sofia was prepping “The Beguiled.” That left Eleanor on her own with a team of women, from the cinematographer and grip to the set designer she met while shooting behind-the-scenes footage on “Marie Antoinette,” and her long-time friend, Francis and Sofia’s Oscar-winning costume designer Milena Canonero (“Tucker: A Man and His Dream,” “Marie Antoinette”).

It was tough going with 15 to 20 setups per day for 28 days and constantly moving locations, but she got what she needed. Sofia was too busy to help her mother much beyond letting her crash in her St. Germain apartment in Paris, giving notes on an early cut, and hosting a New York opinionmaker screening. “I’m excited for her,” Sofia said. “She worked a long time to get it made.”

Roman said the support infrastructure, such as it is, often begins over family dinner. “Things will start when someone’s cooking up a script,” he said. “Describing and expressing it on occasions when we can listen and comment. It’s nice to let it brew, especially when you have a shorthand, particularly with Sofia, observing and listening and giving feedback.”

Between Sofia and Francis, Roman shot second unit on eight Coppola films, a role he’s also served for his screenwriting partner, Wes Anderson. He compares his role to that of a navigator in a car, ensuring the driver isn’t lost in detours and heads in the right direction.

“As collaborators, I know what that person is looking for,” he said. “I have an understanding and respect and appreciation for what they’re trying to do, to help them get at a thing that is buried there. Sometimes it’s delicate and nascent and needs encouragement, framing in just the right way, and drawing out. With Wes, it’s my job to point to things and make a connection happen.”

For “Paris Can Wait,” Roman suggested some script ideas to his mother, gave her a gag about a radiator hose breakdown fixed with pantyhose, and introduced her to some crew he worked with while directing “CQ” in France.

“She was very clear what she wanted to do,” he said “She’d been around film for so many years, made some art films and concept commercials and documentaries. She’s a memoirist, has done costume design. She is a quiet person, but commanding in her soft-spoken way, not unlike Sofia and Gia. She never thought, ‘I want to make a movie,’ it was not her ambition or deep desire. Part of her was ‘I don’t know what I’m doing.’ But she did know.”

He also helped put together some financing. “That’s a lot of work and meetings and sidetracks,” he said, “with some of those early stages, trying to get it in the right hands.”

Roman Coppola Francis Ford Coppola hand and footprint ceremony, Los Angeles, America - 29 Apr 2016

Roman Coppola

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“The Beguiled”

For “The Beguiled,” Roos read an early script and played his usual role of casting guru. “It’s such a comfortable, easy process with Sofia,” he said. “We go to New York and see everybody, go to London.” Roos first met Colin Farrell on Robert Towne’s “Ask the Dust” and encouraged a meeting, which went well. (Roos also introduced then-teenager Alden Ehrenrich, who is about to break out in the Han Solo movie, to Francis Coppola on “Tetro.”)

Colin Farrell in “The Beguiled”

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Roman also helped a bit with the script and served as producer, steering Coppola toward production with his old friend Youree Henley as line producer. This time, she needed no second unit help.

“I am so thrilled that my children all made wonderful lives for themselves doing their creative work and both have families,” said Eleanor. “If you raise your kids well, you raise them to leave you and live independent lives. I never had an ‘aha’ moment when I said, ‘Hey, it’s my turn.’ I felt it when I got on the set. I realized everyone around me was trying to get what I wanted. I never felt that before. It felt kind of glorious. It was a new experience. It was wonderful to have this team of people all trying to achieve my goals.”

on June 24, 2017 04:00 PM tagged with The Beguiled

Though the Mikaelson family didn't stick to its “always and forever” motto during the season 4 finale of The Originals, it was for a noble reason (even if it left fans heartbroken in the process).

The episode focused on Hope's possession by the evil Hollow, which had the power to do “irreparable harm to New Orleans, and perhaps the world at large,” according to the show's executive producer. So naturally, these dark and frightening possibilities left viewers anxiously awaiting an outcome.

hope from the originals laying in woman's arms

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In order to save Hope — and all of New Orleans in the process — her vampire family needed to travel in four opposite directions with the Hollow inside of them in order to make sure it doesn't regain power from her.

The catch? In order to make sure Hope is OK, they are never to see her again.

ALWAYS AND FOREVER?! What happened?!

This emotional finale definitely got the Twitterverse talking.


Some people couldn't handle all the feels.


And of course, viewers wanted to know what will happen next.

This season finale might have separated some, but it reunited others, like Rebekah and Marcel, who get back together in New York. Kol took off with Davina, Klaus went off on his own, and Hayley scored Hope admission into Alaric Saltzman's school for magical kids, so obviously we need to see how that all plays out.

Another farewell? Executive producer Michael Narducci, who finished his run with the show during the finale. He spoke to E! News about this emotional ending and what's next. He said,

It feels like we are closing the door on a chapter in the life of the Mikaelson family without slamming the door shut.

I think there's a lot of fun story to explore. But no, I have no idea what they're going to do, and I'm excited to view it like everybody else … it will be great to have the experience of witnessing it as a fan.

Though we have some time before season 5 of The Originals, there are ways to keep busy until then, like with a July Netflix binge.

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‘The Originals' Emotional Finale Has Everyone Hyped For Season 5

on June 24, 2017 03:58 PM tagged with TV

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On this week's episode of the 'Geek's Guide to the Galaxy' podcast the creators of the science fiction show look back on its legacy.
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In today’s political climate, there’s a good chance you’re looking for less government-themed news, not more. However, if you’re looking for information straight from the source IFTTT (If this, then that) has made it super easy to stay up to date with its new Data Access Project.

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After a major market correction which sent bitcoin price from its all-time high of $2,973 to $2,261, bitcoin price has stabilized at the $2,700 region.

After a major market correction which sent bitcoin price from its all-time high of $2,973 to $2,261, bitcoin price has stabilized at the $2,700 region.

Since the June 14 fall to $2,261, bitcoin price has since recovered and stabilized at $2,730. Since June 18, for nearly a week, bitcoin price maintained its upward momentum and sustained its price in the $2,700 region.

Tone Vays, prominent bitcoin trader and consultant, stated that he foresees a breakout with the activation of the Bitcoin Core development team’s transaction malleability fix Segregated Witness (Segwit) imminent.

Segwit imminent?

Over the past few weeks, bitcoin price has been relatively volatile due to the controversial announcement of Bitmain, the largest bitcoin mining equipment manufacturer and operator of Antpool, to run a hard fork when Segwit activates without a condition such as a guaranteed 2MB hard fork.

Hard fork threat

On June 14, Bitmain released an official blog post entitled “A contingency plan against UASF,” which laid out the company’s plan to force the execution of a hard fork with Segwit activates through a user-activated soft fork (UASF).

“We wish that New York agreement will be developed and carried out well. It is the last hope for Bitcoin to scale unitedly in face of the BIP148 threat. We will try our best to deploy and activate it as soon as possible. If BIP148 activates. then UAHF will be alive on the same day. The UAHF chain will protect the economic transactions that are under risk of reorganization because of UASF,” read Bitmain’s blog post.

Coincidentally, almost immediately after the release of Bitmain’s blog post which the vast majority of the community accepted as a hard fork threat to Segwit supporters, bitcoin price fell amidst uncertainty surrounding chain split.

Two bitcoins expectations  

If a hard fork as explained by Bitmain’s blog post is executed, it will undoubtedly be a contentious hard fork that will ultimately lead to two persistent bitcoin blockchains. Due to this uncertainty and a minor market correction, bitcoin price fell.

However, analysts including Vays are optimistic in regard to bitcoin’s recent price trend and are expecting a breakout.

Cointelegraph emphasized in several extensive coverage of bitcoin price that bitcoin’s value has had always bounced back beyond its previous all-time highs and peaks after a major market correction. Based on the current upward momentum, it is possible that the same trend will apply and bitcoin price will hit a new all-time high in the upcoming weeks.

on June 24, 2017 01:00 PM tagged with Antpool

TV is full of characters that wear eyepatches for various reasons, and sometimes it’s simply to stand out among a huge cast.

When it comes to dramas like “Twin Peaks” or genre series like “Game of Thrones” or “The Walking Dead,” massive casts of characters allow for variety, whether it’s the run-of-the-mill diner waitress or the sword-swinging knight or the eyepatch-wearing neighbor.

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At the most basic level, an eyepatch sets a character apart, giving them a dangerous, rakish or even quirky air. Beloved by stereotypical pirates, the eyepatch has also been used to indicate that someone is a seafaring person.

But often, the eyepatch is used to signify some sort of trauma in the past. It’s also an easy way for a character to visibly show a badge of suffering without losing mobility or requiring complicated CGI or other effects.

How a show decides to explain why a character has an eyepatch, and if they show that traumatic injury happen, tells a lot about the show itself. Is the scene meant to evoke sympathy, create understanding of character, shock and repulse? Depending on the storytelling, this information can stick with a viewer indelibly or be glossed over completely.

Here’s one way to test the strength of that storytelling. Take a look at the characters in the gallery above (or click here) to see if you can remember how that person came to wear an eyepatch — before clicking to see the answer in the next photo.

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Once you start carrying your beverages in vacuum-insulated stainless steel, you’ll never want to go back. Today only on Amazon, you can save big on Alpha Armur double-walled steel bottles in a variety of sizes and colors, all of which will keep drinks hot or cold all day long.

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One fascinating aspect of today’s media landscape is that many creators and executive producers enjoy using Twitter to engage with their audiences, share behind-the-scenes information about their shows, chat about politics, and otherwise communicate about what matters to them. So, each week, we’ll compile some of our favorite exchanges representing the wide variety of discourse seen on social media.

LAST WEEK’S TWEETS: Seth Rogen Gets ‘Inception’-ed, Carrie Coon Loves the Public Theater

This week: Judd Apatow has no patience for (alleged) rapists, and Seth Rogen and Stephen Colbert slide into Donald Trump Jr.’s DMs.

Okay, This Is Pretty Funny

As retweeted by “Hannibal”/”American Gods” showrunner (and user of ALL CAPS) Bryan Fuller:

It’s really the photo that sells it.

Also, gotta love this behind-the-scenes snapshot from the set of “American Gods”:

BRYAN FULLER’S ALL-CAPS ARE CONTAGIOUS! WE FEEL YOU, JUSTIN.

Okay, got that out of our system. Meanwhile, this is just too real. (More cat-related storylines in “Dear White People,” please.)

Mindy Kaling’s Wish Has Already Come True

Guess what, Mindy? Disney is on top of that. Well, sorta. There’s The Red Rose Taverne in Disneyland and Be Our Guest Restaurant in Disney World. It’s not strictly French, but the grey stuff is delicious.

This Is Concerning

We’re really looking forward to the upcoming TNT adaptation of “Snowpiercer,” and yet showrunner Josh Friedman keeps finding new ways to worry us.

This Is Just Too Sweet

A recent issue of the Marvel comic book “The Unstoppable Wasp” included this sweet Easter Egg for Ava DuVernay:

It Takes a Lot of Writers to Make Five Different Superhero Shows

Don’t believe us? Check out the following photo retweeted by Greg Berlanti…

Actually, that’s fewer writers than we might have expected.

Judd Apatow Is Not Having It

Whilst retweeting praise for “The Big Sick” this week, Apatow also spent some time reminding us just what kind of person Bill Cosby is.

David Simon Is Struggling With the Passage of Time

Hey Donald Trump Jr., Seth Rogen and Stephen Colbert Just Want to Hang

You should check your DMs, sir, as they’ve got a pretty fun offer for you.

“Mr. Robot” Loves His Mrs. Robot

Sam Esmail, creator of the Emmy-nominated drama, expressed his pride in wife Emmy Rossum by adorably retweeting the below. Congrats, Emmy — that all sounds rad.

And Finally, This Is Hypnotic

“The Handmaid’s Tale” showrunner Bruce Miller introduced us to maybe the coolest thing we’ve seen in a long time — pancake art.

on June 24, 2017 12:00 PM tagged with Seth Rogen

The candidate “will be working in VISA Global Commercial Payments area, team will be building a new payment rail leveraging Blockchain technology and distributed ledger.”

In another sign of the times, Visa, the international credit card and banking institution, is actively seeking Blockchain experts to add to their tech engineering teams. This should come as no surprise, especially considering the explosion of interest in Blockchain technology among banking firms over the past year. 

A recent job posting from Visa stated that the enterprise level corporation is actively seeking an experienced Blockchain engineer to “work with technology teams to understand the business demand and ensure design and build of solutions creates or leverages cross-asset concepts and frameworks.”

The post went on to suggest that candidates should have active experience in work directly relating to the Ethereum or Bitcoin Blockchain. The post also detailed that the company is working on initiatives to link Blockchain technology to their current banking models.

The post closed with the statement that the “candidate will be working in VISA Global Commercial Payments area, team will be building a new payment rail leveraging Blockchain technology and distributed ledger.” Details on the project were also included in the attached link.

After the bad news for Visa and other credit companies this week about privacy and control, the Blockchain may be the solution they need to clean up international banking.

on June 24, 2017 12:00 PM tagged with Job

China begins tests on a nationalized cryptocurrency in order to spur economic growth and flexibility in banking.

In a move that is no surprise to industry experts, China has begun testing its own digital currency for interbank transfers. Recent speeches by national bank insiders along with some publications have indicated the direction the Chinese would like to take. 

Presently, it seems that the goal would be to provide a second digital currency that would function alongside the yuan. While the technology is likely still a distant potential, the government has begun running tests with the cryptocurrency and even testing its functionality with national banks. 

Benefits

The government would likely reap almost immediate benefits.

First, in a country with so many people and little infrastructure, a digital currency would make funds available in areas without conventional banks.

Second, a digital fiat currency would provide the government with more hands-on traceability of digital transactions which are already a massive industry in China (note the recent potential acceptance of Bitcoin by Alibaba).

Finally, such a currency would provide reduced costs and increased transactions which would spur economic growth.

While cryptocurrencies have traditionally spurned fiat currencies, a Chinese hybrid currency would open a new world of currency choices for the government, its citizens and businesses as well.

on June 24, 2017 11:18 AM tagged with Yuan
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Ever wanted to just go to a shop and pay there with Bitcoins? Cryptocurrency debit cards might be just what you’re looking for.

What are cryptocurrency debit cards?

They are plastic cards, similar to your everyday bank card, but you can deposit cryptocurrencies on them.

Cryptocurrency debit cards are a relatively recent development in the Blockchain world. They were invented to solve the problem of using digital coins for day-to-day expenses. Obviously, you can’t just go to your nearest grocery store and pay for your shopping list with Bitcoins, not yet at least.

This is very inconvenient because it introduces an additional difficulty of searching for a place to exchange your cryptocurrencies to fiat money before you can actually start spending them. There have been several proposed ways to make cryptocurrency spending a more direct process and plastic cards are one of them.

 

What are the solutions for cryptocurrency spending?

The primary two are point-of-sale terminals and plastic cards.

Point-of-sale terminals are one of the proposed solutions. This is a piece of hardware installed at a shop, which interacts with a mobile wallet app on your phone and withdraws your cryptocurrency to make a purchase. However, they require a merchant to actively take interest in accepting digital currency payments and pay some money upfront for installing a terminal. As such, this approach is not easy to scale.

Plastic cards are a different, arguably better, solution. They take advantage of the existing Visa/MasterCard infrastructure - bank card terminals are already an available payment option in millions of shops around the world. Such cards don’t require the merchant to do anything. In fact, the cashier might not even know that you’re paying with a cryptocurrency because it’s seamlessly converted into the respective fiat currency by the card provider.

 

What types of cards are there?

Prepaid cards and debit cards, mainly.

The first option is a bit outdated by today’s standards. You pay a provider a certain amount of Bitcoins or some other cryptocurrency, and they send you a prepaid Visa/MasterCard with the equivalent amount of fiat money. After that, it works like any old debit card you can get at the nearest bank.

A more recent development is a debit card with an automated exchange system in the background. They allow you to deposit your cryptocurrency directly, via a web app. When the time of purchase comes, the card provider handles the process of converting your digital coins into the necessary fiat currency on the spot. From the merchant’s point of view, these are the same as prepaid or regular bank cards. However, they spare the user the need to exchange money - you simply deposit your Bitcoins or Ether and you’re good to go.

Where can I get one?

The providers of cryptocurrency debit cards are online companies with different backgrounds.

A simple online search will net you several key providers of cryptocurrency debit cards. By going to their websites, you will be able to order yourself one. This technology is on the verge of the digital and real world and is heavily regulated by governments worldwide.

Because of that, they almost always require you to undergo some sort of identity verification, submitting some sort of ID proof. Other than that, in addition to a small upfront payment, they are really easy to get.

 

If they’re so good, why aren’t they immensely popular?

It has more to do with the technology of cryptocurrency itself - confirmation times and transaction fees, in particular.

It’s true that the technology of cryptocurrency debit cards has been here for a while. You might be thinking: “if they make digital currencies so easy to spend and can be easily bought, why aren’t they much more popular?”

One of the primary, if not the main barriers to higher adoption is cryptocurrencies themselves. Bitcoin transactions have a 10 minute confirmation period on average. The fees are also significant, unlike in the old times, and are only getting higher. These two factors combined make Bitcoin payments barely suitable for small, everyday purchases - plastic card or not.

Some other currencies, such as Ethereum, have faster confirmation times and lower fees, but they’ve started getting popular quite recently. In fact, some of the cards were released before Ethereum entered the market.

Are there cards that support altcoins?

Yes, recently some cards have started appearing on the market and they allow you to deposit currencies other than Bitcoin.

TenX, for example, is a young project with an already working card that can be topped up with Ethereum and Dash, in addition to Bitcoin. Both these coins have much faster confirmation times and much lower transaction fees than BTC does.

In fact, TenX’s own technology COMIT (Cryptographically-secure Off-chain Multi-asset Instant Transaction) makes the system capable of accepting deposits in any cryptocurrency tokens that conform to a small number of requirements, such as having double-spend protection and multisig wallets.

With technologies like this, paying for a Big Mac at any McDonald’s using a cryptocurrency of your choice may actually be easier than you think:

on June 24, 2017 11:00 AM tagged with TenX
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Power,” which returns for a fourth season this Sunday, continues to be perhaps the most-watched TV series that the industry still isn’t talking about. But they should be.

Last year, the Starz drama was the second-most watched series on premium cable (behind “Game of Thrones”), according to the network’s data – which cumed more than 8 million viewers per episode via multiple platforms.

Credit for the show’s – and Starz’s – success goes to tapping into an African-American audience that has traditionally been underserved by the pay cable networks.

“The secret weapon is targeting audiences that are voracious watchers of television,” CEO Chris Albrecht said, “and would like to have something on there that is targeted toward them and is high quality.”

READ MORE: ‘Power’ Trailer: Ghost Heads to the Slammer in Season 4 Sneak Peek

Courtney A. Kemp is the creator behind “Power,” which centers on the rich of Manhattan and the drug trade underworld that supplies their habits. Omari Hardwick as nightclub owner and drug kingpin James “Ghost” St. Patrick, while Naturi Naughton plays his wife, Tasha, and Lela Loren is Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Valdes, who happens to be Ghost’s first love. Joseph Sikora also stars. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is among the executive producers.

As Season 4 begins, Ghost is in jail, having been arrested by Angela for the murder of an FBI Agent – a crime he did not commit. Per Starz, “His fight for redemption brings him face-to-face with the Feds, the media, new allies, and old foes. But the biggest obstacle for Ghost remains himself and his internal struggle between the man he wants to be and the one he really is.”

“Power” came to Starz after Albrecht, the former HBO boss who took over as CEO of Starz in 2010, began looking at ways to expand the network’s programming and differentiate it from HBO and Showtime.

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Courtney A. Kemp, “Power”

Starz Entertainment

At a Paley Center event last year, Kemp said she brought “Power” to Starz at the right time, as the channel searched for that identity.

“There was no formula for what made a Starz show, so I was able to pitch what I wanted to do,” she said. “Chris is not afraid of black people and not afraid to put them on the air. I can’t say enough about how different that atmosphere is. He has a level of relaxation with the subject matter.”

Early programming efforts at Starz were targeted more broadly, and met with less success (“Magic City,” “Boss”). Since then, the decision to focus on female and African-American audiences appears to have paid off: The network reports 24.2 million subscribers, up 40 percent from where it was at the start of the decade.

“We’re in the business of growing the Starz business,” Albrecht said. “Let’s find groups who can become subscribers. With the opportunity in digital through wholesale or direct-to-consumer, we can find people in ways you couldn’t find them before. Now you can access directly for $8.99 a month. In a world where the average income of the Starz subscriber is less than the Showtime or HBO subscriber, there’s a real upside for targeting some viewers who have previously been unable to become customers.”

READ MORE: ‘Black-ish,’ ‘Insecure,’ and Others Aren’t Just ‘Black Shows,’ As Nielsen Study Proves

African-American audiences consume more television on average, and networks such as OWN and VH1 have also found success by targeting that demographic. “Power” is a phenomenon even as its audience skews heavily African-American – around 75 percent of all viewing. (The audience makeup for network’s comedy “Survivor’s Remorse” is similar.)

“[African-American audiences] are underserved in television, and yet we keep seeing reminders, especially now, of the power of the black dollar,” Albrecht said. “But if you look at the demographics of the [Hollywood] executive suits, it’s not a surprise that there aren’t more shows targeted like this.”

Starz drama Power

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, “Power”

Starz Entertainment

That reminder was on display again last weekend at the box office, when the Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me” did well despite tepid reviews.

“I think [competitors] are sticking their toe in the water, but they don’t make the full commitment,” Albrecht said of his rivals. (The handful of shows on premium cable featuring casts that are predominantly people of color include HBO’s “Insecure” and Showtime’s recent “Guerilla.”)

Albrecht also said the Hollywood business media has also been slow to pick up on the success of “Power” because of a similar blindness to shows they’re not watching.

“Power is a real success story, and no one would have bet on it, and the attention from the press [isn’t quite there],” he said. “It’s not a big franchise, it’s not pretentious, and in the minds of a lot of people who write it’s not cool. But in the minds of the fans, it’s one of their favorite shows on television.”

Starz has now found a healthy backend market for “Power,” as Seasons 1 through 3 were sold earlier this year to Hulu. “[New Starz parent] Lionsgate came in and did a great job selling the show to Hulu,” Albrecht said. “We think that can benefit the show by bringing in new viewers to the new season and we’ll still retain the right to keep the previous seasons on Starz on Demand and Starz app. It’s a win-win. When you have a successful product like that and people see it and start to come to it then it becomes more valuable.”

“Power” Season 4 premieres on Sunday, June 25, at 9 p.m. on Starz. The premiere episode is also available starting at 12:01 am June 25 on the Starz app and Starz On Demand.

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Crunch Report June 23 Today’s Stories  Google now has all the data it needs, will stop scanning Gmail inboxes for ad personalization Samsung’s Galaxy Note8 will reportedly be the company’s most expensive smartphone yet YouTube TV expands to 10 more U.S. markets, adds more YouTube Red series Tesla said to be in talks to create its own streaming music service Credits Written and Hosted by:… Read More
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 Andrew Ng, the former chief scientist of Baidu, announced his next venture, Deeplearning.ai, with only a logo, a domain name and a footnote pointing to an August launch date. Read More
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 In May of last year, speaking on behalf of his firm, venture capitalist Justin Caldbeck of Binary Capital tweeted: “Big believers in ‘addition by subtraction’ for company culture. Bad apples impact others, and rest of team will thank you when they’re gone.” His messaging seems ironic in light of a detailed report about his own predatory behavior toward at least… Read More
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June 23, 2017

 Facing backlash on its handling of the officer-involved shooting death of Charleena Lyles, the Seattle Police Department will shut down its official Twitch channel. The department started experimenting with community outreach over the game streaming platform earlier this year. Read More
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Brett Gelman had no idea what was going on. He arrived on the set of “Twin Peaks” to play Burns, the supervisor of a casino where a dazed Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) was winning one jackpot after another. Other than that? Pure mystery. Somehow, the long-lost FBI agent had escaped the interdimensional “Black Lodge” where the show had left him trapped 25 years ago. Gelman’s character was tasked with confronting Cooper about his massive haul. In between takes, Gelman recalled saying to MacLachlan, “I can’t wait to see what this all means.”

“Yeah,” MacLachlan replied, “Me too.”

Lynch’s latest round of episodes with the cult show was surrounded by so much secrecy in the months leading up to its premiere that even the actors were left in the dark. Gelman only found out about his role from his Los Angeles neighbor, Johanna Ray, who happened to be the show’s casting director. When she brought him in for an audition, the actor said, “It was just a chill talk.” He wasn’t given any lines to read or even the description of a character; Lynch himself was not present. “I had no idea what the plan was,” Gelman said. “It was just a conversation.” A few days later, he was informed that he’d been cast as Supervisor Burns.

“I didn’t know what that meant,” Gelman recalled. “I don’t know what Mr. Lynch’s process was. I’d be too intimated to ask him.”

A few days before the shoot, Gelman received a physical copy of the script that only contained pages with his scenes (so far, he has only appeared in two episodes). “It was so intense,” Gelman recalled. The script contained a note emphasizing the confidentiality of the material. “It said not to share anything about your scenes and not to tell anyone you’re involved,” he said. He was required to return the material to a producer after the shoot so they could be destroyed. “That was cool,” Gelman said with a laugh.

Once on set, however, Gelman discovered a relaxed atmosphere. “There was no creepy vibe,” he said. “It was all kindhearted and open. Everybody was really happy to be a part of that. It was everybody’s dream, and Lynch is an intensely positive person.”

READ MORE: ‘Twin Peaks’: When David Lynch Killed Showtime’s Marketing Campaign, Here’s How The Network Improvised

Gelman’s casting speaks to one notable attribute in this new string of episodes — roles for comedic actors. Michael Cera crops up as “Wally Brando,” the son of Twin Peaks police department staffers Andy and Lucy, and Jim Belushi appears as well. Gelman, who’s best known for Adult Swim comedy series and currently appears on the Amazon/ BBC series “Fleabag,” commended the decision to inject humor into the show. “A lot of times, comedic actors are discriminated against,” he said. “People just assume they can’t do something other than what they do, rather than thinking, oh wait — doing what they do normally is really hard.”

On set, Lynch gave the actor plenty of leeway. “I think he was down for it to be funny or down for it to be terrifying,” Gelman said. “There’s something really malicious about my character. But he was basically telling me, ‘You’re in real trouble. This guy just broke the bank in this casino. You don’t know what’s going on with this guy. How he could do something like that? You’re trying to find out what it’s all about.’”

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“Lemon”

Terms like “malicious” do apply to many of Gelman’s other roles, despite his comedic resumé. With his wife and frequent collaborator Janicza Bravo, Gelman has starred in a number of shorts and one feature — the 2017 Sundance premiere “Lemon,” which opens theatrically in August — in which he plays a near-psychotic loner whose very existence gives off uneasy vibes pitched somewhere between black comedy and abject terror. In “Lemon,” he plays Isaac, a self-absorbed theater director who routinely alienated himself from the world around him; throughout the movie, funny scenes often turn disturbing as Isaac’s interactions with others reach cringe-inducing extremes.

READ MORE: ‘Lemon’ Director Janicza Bravo On The Art of Rejection and Why Her Movie’s Not Weird — Sundance 2017

Gelman, who shares a screenwriting credit on “Lemon” with his wife, finds the roots of this multifaceted experiences in Lynch’s own work. “He’s a total hero of mine,” Gelman said. “Talk about a guy who lets a moment be a moment. He’s the ultimate. I find a lot of his work insanely funny. But some people might look at those same moments and be really disturbed by them.”

When “Twin Peaks” premiered in Los Angeles, Gelman and Bravo were in Seattle for a film festival screening of “Lemon,” so he watched the first episode when it premiered on Showtime. “I had no idea what episode I was in,” he said. “It’s a good thing I’m such a massive fan so I didn’t need to clock when I show up.” Fortunately, like many diehard “Twin Peaks” fans, he’s been satisfied with the results so far. “It is pure surrealist art on television,” Gelman said. “He fucking goes for it, even more than in the original series.”

Jon Daly, Shiri Appleby, director Janicza Bravo, Judy Greer and Brett Gelman

“Lemon” cast and crew: Jon Daly, Shiri Appleby, director Janicza Bravo, Judy Greer and Brett Gelman

Daniel Bergeron

Lynch may be the biggest name director in Gelman’s filmography to date, but he said he’s getting a different closeup view on the filmmaking process at home. “Working with Janicza is just as exciting,” Gelman said. “She’s somebody who has an incredibly strong perspective and vision of what her work should be. She’s an auteur, which is in some ways more exciting to me that I’m on the ground floor with somebody building her career.”

So will Supervisor Burns show up again as “Twin Peaks” continues its 18-episode arc? “I cannot say,” Gelman said with a grin, “but that’s not hard, because I don’t know anything.”

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on June 23, 2017 11:07 PM tagged with Twin Peaks

Android: If your phone’s storage is running low, you might want to start deleting some low-quality photos from your phone or backing it up with an app like Google Photos. The photo app EyeEm announced an update on Wednesday that uses artificial intelligence to pick out your best photos.

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In US, renowned universities such as Stanford University, University of California - Berkeley, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are offering courses on Blockchain. There’s been surge in Blockchain-related jobs in the past weeks too.

Blockchain, the technology that powers cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, is gradually gaining mainstream attention as more prominent US universities are adding it to their course lists.

For those who are not familiar with cryptocurrency yet, it is essentially a digital asset designed to work as a bridge to secure the financial transactions and a decentralized way for users to directly transact online.

Increasing demand from various sectors

Experts say that the demand for Blockchain expertise are coming from all sectors like financial services, to retail, and it is far outstripping supply.

Michael Mainelli, who runs Blockchain training courses for senior executives at his consultancy Z/Yen says:

“It is a hot market at the moment because most of the large corporates want to be able to say they have a Blockchain team”.

Along with innovation comes risks of fraud and criminal activities. Instead of getting baffled by such challenges, most companies now see this as an area of huge potential to improve the efficiency of existing processes such as tracking food products to processing financial transactions.

According to IBM’s Vice President of Blockchain Technologies, Jerry Cuomo, the best Blockchain engineer can earn a salary above $250,000.

“It is on the high side of what a really talented consultant or software engineer can earn. Demand is exceeding supply, so we are seeing shortages. It is up there with the cloud and artificial intelligence as a really hot area.”

 “This technology is not that complicated,” he adds. “If you are a coder who knows about cryptography then it is pretty simple.”

Universities offering Blockchain courses

It’s not the first time that universities are offering courses or certificates related to Blockchain, but it’s only until recently when established universities are offering them as well. It reflects the development of this field and combines shared database systems with cryptography.

Aggelos Kiayias, Chair in Cybersecurity and Privacy, Director of the Blockchain Technology Laboratory at Edinburgh University says:

 “Blockchain technology is a recent development and there is always a bit of a lag as academia catches up.”

University of Edinburgh also plans to become one of the first major European universities to launch a Blockchain course. Kiayias adds: 

“You can learn an incredible amount about cyber security just by studying the Blockchain.” Also a distributed ledger, there are other benefits in studying the technology, as well as learning the skills needed to build a Blockchain”.

US universities

In US, universities such as Stanford University already launched Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies courses two years ago. While University of California - Berkeley, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology offer similar courses on the subject.

There are also internet tutorials, many of which are available for free.

Coursera, education technology company, has teamed upwith Princeton University in offering an 11-week cryptocurrency technology course.

Three years ago, a group of experienced cryptocurrency executives founded the BlockChain University in California which offers an 8-week course to students who pay $100 refundable deposit once the course is completed.

Other educational initiatives on Blockchain in London and Hamburg is called B9lab which offers a 40-hour course on Blockchain for technical executives and analyst which costs €2,350 for a nine week training.

Blockchain-related jobs on the rise, too

Consequently, Blockchain-related jobs have surged in the past few weeks. In fact, there are over 1,000 Blockchain-related job advertisements  on LinkedIn and the numbers of Blockchain ads are at 40 percent a quarter.

Almost 10,000 people on the site list Blockchain as a skill, half of them in the technology industry and a quarter in the financial services sector.

Majority, people who listed Blockchain as a skill on the site are based in the US, followed by UK, France, India, Germany and the Netherlands. Aside from that, almost a quarter of them listed Bitcoin as their skill, while 16% added Python, which is a programming language and 9% added cryptocurrencies as their skill.

LinkedIn’s UK Country Manager,  Josh Graff, says:

“Professionals in related areas such as cryptography and machine learning may want to look at the roles available and the skills they need to develop, as there is certainly a growing demand within the technology, finance and insurance industries for Blockchain expertise.”

on June 23, 2017 10:27 PM tagged with Blockchain

Every year, the cultural decision-makers come together to make one crucial decision for our country: the song of the summer. While the exact choice is debated among various music fans, the de facto musical definer of the season is generally determined by both popularity and perceived staying power. The song reflects what we’ll remember about that summer, generally from an optimistic viewpoint.

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While pulling more good vibes than bad ones from 2017 may sound tough, if anything on TV is going to leave people on the ups, it’s “GLOW.” Liz Flahive’s new Netflix series is upbeat, enthusiastic, and empowering. Chronicling a start-up group of women’s wrestlers in the ’80s, the 10-episode half-hour comedy is edgy, both in quick bursts and its overall message, but still consistently light enough for fluffy fun.

It’s a great pop song built around great pop songs. And the result is a great freshman season of TV, perfect for an invigorating summer binge.

GLOW Alison Brie Season 1 Episode 1

“GLOW,” an acronym for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, primarily tells the story of Ruth (Alison Brie), a struggling actress living and not working in Los Angeles during the early ’80s. She’s called in for casting sessions as a prop, despite her talent, and is getting visibly frustrated with the lack of substantial roles for women. Broke, desperate, and down, Brie still imbues Ruth — an ’80s name ripe for resurgence if we’ve ever heard one — with strong conviction. She’s driven, even when she’s driving in the wrong direction, and that helps make her a compelling lead.

For instance, there’s no good reason for her to become transfixed by a non-professional women’s wrestling league run by a middle-aged, has-been horror director (played with just the right mix of earnest interest and zero-shits-given by Marc Maron). She’s sent there looking for a part, but the cheap facilities and lack of professional supervision serve as immediate indicators to flee, not stick. But Ruth is determined; she sees potential whenever passion strikes, whether she should or not.

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This open-eyed running into walls could make Ruth frustrating if she wasn’t willing to admit her flaws. As a proxy for viewers, she’s equal parts inspiring and endearing. She knows nothing about wrestling going in, and has little respect for it (like many Netflix subscribers), but she’s given just enough reason to get invested  Ruth doesn’t fit in with the fellow wrestlers; not at first. That she’s thrown herself into a world with such a limited ceiling may seem like a poor career choice, beyond a lack of options, but once the cast comes together, there’s no reason Ruth (or viewers) would want to leave.

GLOW

And now is when we get to the cast. With a deep enough bench for each viewer to have their own favorite (and good argument for any pick), the ladies of “GLOW” are all distinctly engaging. Cherry Bang (Sydelle Noel) is the only experienced wrestler of the crew and somehow still the most overlooked member of the league. Her fight for adequate attention is empathetic for simple reasons of right and wrong, but Flahive and her writing staff also subtly imply racism is blocking Cherry’s rise. (And how she responds is a savvy bit of observational comedy.)

Carmen Wade (Britney Young) is her second-in-command. The daughter of a wrestling giant (literally and figuratively), Carmen’s hardest fight is outside the ring: Expectations cut both ways, and Young’s choices to be reserved and authoritative (to varying degrees) bring out more from the character. (An unrealized romance could be great fodder for Season 2, as well.) Britt Baron is given the most difficult supporting role among the B and C stories, even though you may not realize it until Episode 9, and Maron makes for an ideal male perspective in a group of women: Simultaneously paternal and brashly attractive, Maron’s gives confidence to his director while harboring a well of insecurities. He’s not above being the bad guy — well, more ignorant than bad — but he maintains his humanity while representing many common, conflicting masculine traits.

READ MORE: ‘GLOW’ Trailer: Alison Brie Enters the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling Ring for Netflix

But Betty Gilpin reigns supreme. As the series bounces between fun episodic arcs based around training sequences (montages!), character creation (costumes!), and fundraising (car wash!), there’s an unrelenting dramatic through-line that only works because Gilpin quickly and consistently finds truth in her character’s internal conflict. It’s complicated and impossible to discuss without spoilers, but viewers will understand before Episode 1 wraps how integral Gilpin’s tightrope walk is to the series. She makes it all the way down the wire, performing a few somersaults along the way, and earns an ovation-worthy ending.

Moreover, Gilpin and Brie embody the spirit of “GLOW” which is so hard to get just right. Substantive, light-hearted comedy often feels diametrically opposed, or at least creates odd swings in mood, but these two performers ease Flahive’s well-paved transitions beautifully. They know when to cut loose and have a good time, and they know when to dig in and tug at our hearts. Flahive carefully implements progressive messages — about Hollywood, especially — into the fun, and this team of women bring together a series worth repeated plays all summer long and (hopefully) in years to come. To call it a feel-good hit would be a bit reductive and presumptive, but “GLOW” deserves all the love and respect thrust upon it. Sit back, turn it up, and enjoy.

Grade: A-

“GLOW” Season 1 is streaming now on Netflix. 

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If you use third-party travel sites like Expedia or Priceline to scout for low airfare, you might not want to jump at the lowest price you see. United’s zero-frills “Basic Economy” tickets are sometimes harder to spot than normal tickets.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHP🌈

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags. For a chance to be featured, follow @instagram and look for a post every week announcing the latest project.

The goal of #WHP🌈 was to make photos and videos of people celebrating diversity, love and the LGBTQ community. Each week, we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

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Let me start this article off by making one thing abundantly clear: YOUR VAGINA IS YOUR VAGINA, AND YOU'RE ALLOWED TO DO WHATEVER YOU WANT WITH IT, whether or not boys like it.

That being said, if you're sleeping with guys, I can understand why you'd be curious about what they're thinking about your bush (or lack thereof).

A while back, I told you guys about how guys feel about how you handle your pubes.

Well, lucky for you, guys on Reddit recently got pretty dang real about their thoughts on the illusive “bush” once again, so now, I have MORE ~updated~ opinions for you, just to keep on feeding your curiosity.

Read along and stay informed, but whatever you do, DO WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD.

These dudes prefer it.

Why People Who Have More Sex Are Healthier

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i prefer it. i prefer women in their ultimate natural state of beautifulness.

all natural, no substitutes, all that fake shit turns me so off.

/u/aepure


I prefer the shrub.

/u/Khue


I love it. My girlfriend thinks that I'm just trying to flatter her when I tell her I don't mind if she doesnt shave. I don't get why so many men have bad thoughts about women's hair down there, and it has caused many women to feel insecure about their bodies when in reality every part of a woman is all too wonderful. If she prefers to be shaven then that's cool as well

/u/Keepthemindopen


Completely natural is best in my book.

/u/Kit_Dit


Turns me on. Love hair down there. Don't mind it at all. Keep a landing strip or v line and boner instantly.

Although if she wants to go bare I'm ok with that too.

/u/Rudeyyyy


Prefer it. It shows confidence, womanhood, femininity, and raw sexual power.

/u/horatiowilliams

These guys aren't really fans… like at all.

Why Guys Love Morning Sex

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None. I can put up with trimmed short but I prefer shaved. Pubes gross me out.

/u/rungekuttaftw


I have a strong preference for it to be completely shaven when it comes to my sexual partners. I just think bald looks best and it's aesthetically pleasing to me (i.e. it's hot). I wouldn't mind a bit of hair, if it's neatly trimmed. I wouldn't make big deal out of it. A big, full bush however would be a turn-off for me. As for myself, I maintain it so it's neatly trimmed.

/u/Clean-Cut-Kid85


I'd prefer it not to be there but I won't let a little foliage slow me down

/u/Ragnrok


Shaved/trimmed/maintained I really hate seeing girls that look like that hasn't been touched since they started growing hair there

On me I trim it every so often but if my SO told me if she didn't like it consider it gone

/u/Sigma3737

This guy wants you to take care of it, so he can take care of you. BOW CHICKA WOW WOW.

Things Guys Can Do That Are More Intimate Than Sex

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Shaved or trimmed. I love giving oral, but I need a clean workspace for that.

/u/Attack_Symmetra

These guys would like if you did something with it, but are overall pretty chill.

If it's cleaned right, it's a green light.

/u/TheAverageChameleon


I don't care as long as it's maintained. Clean shaven, trimmed, whatever is fine as long as the actual fun zone is clear. (Even then I don't have a problem if it's only a little fuzzy.)

I like to keep things well maintained myself, too.

/u/porsche_914


As long as it's neat and cared for, it's fine.

/u/LEIFey

If your legs are hairless, these dudes are chilling.

Why You Can Never Be Just Friends With Benefits

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Mmmm…I don't mind hair on the front, on the mound, at all in any amount.

Hair between the legs can be a little unsettling when giving oral.

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As long as it's well kept and doesn't spread to the legs I'm pretty fine with it.

/u/Whatsthedealwithair-

Again, this article was only intended to feed your natural human curiosity.

If you like your vagina nice and bare, KEEP WAXING.

If you like it super hairy, KEEP NOT WAXING.

If you like it trimmed, KEEP TRIMMING.

Just keep doing you.

WTF Does "Girlfriend Material" Even Mean?

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on June 23, 2017 09:53 PM tagged with sexual
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